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Don't Believe the Hype! Good Debut Though.
on 16 July 2004
Hype's a funny thing. It can either make a band hugely popular or widely criticised purely because they can't live up to the expectations of the public. The Ordinary Boys fall into the latter category. While they have not been as overhyped as other bands have been in the past couple of years, some reviews have been misleading. Not that this is an awful album or anything, but when I bought it I was expecting more. When I listened to it all the way through with my friends, we all agreed that it could have been better.
On the whole, this is actually not that bad an album. The title track is very great and has a lot of energy behind it. The two singles (Week In, Week Out and Talk, Talk, Talk) are catchy, well written and fun. 'Maybe, Someday' is also a good track, with a punky intro and riff and another catchy chorus. Aside from those four tracks, there is very little more than filler on offer here. However the band sound good, especially the vocalist. I really like the very London vibe and sound of the whole album.
This is not a highly original album, nor are The Ordinary Boys at the forefront of new British music. This is however, a pretty good debut from a band that needs to find their own sound. I look forward to checking them out live at this years Reading festival. Try before you buy people, this album may not be for everbody!